The Loftiness of the Names and Attributes of Allah

Some ulema have stated that the Qur’an mentions more about the Names, Attributes and Actions of Allah than it does about food, drink and marriage in Jannah!

And the ayaat that mention the Names and Attributes of Allah are from the greatest of ayaat and indeed the greatest ayah is full of information about Allah; Ayatul Kursi!

And the greatest Surah is al Faatihah which also mentions Allah and His Names.

This shows the loftiness of knowledge of the Names and Attributes of Allah!

Why Some Scholars Say Al Hayy and Al Qayoom are the Greatest Names of Allah

They say al Hayy and al Qayoom are the greatest Names of Allah because al Hayy includes every Name from Allah’s dhaat, His Essence.

Al Qayoom contains all His Actions. So all the names associated with that come under al Qayoom.

Therefore, every Name returns to these two so it’s said these are the best and Allah Knows Best.

What Does Afuww (Name of Allah) Mean?

What is the meaning of afuww in the famous du’a we all read for laylatul Qadr?

  • It has a number meanings linguistically:
  • To intend to take something
  • For something to be from good
  • To increase
  • Remove and erase

It is from the Names of Allah and it means to remove something and overlook it and its effects. Allah loves this for His slaves and He loves if they overlook and forgive each other too without remembering all the bad things someone has done to them and the Prophet (saw) would say that he seeks refuge from Allah in his afuww (pardoning and overlooking) from His Punishment!

It also says that Allah, being al Afuww, erases the sins and its effects from your records!

Some of the people of the past would say that Allah tests His beloved slaves with certain sins in order that He may pardon and overlook their sins as He loves afuww so much.

Therefore, the sinner when he hears how much Allah Pardons and overlooks, he has hope and were it not for this Name of Allah, many of them would lose complete hope and their hearts would crumble!

So, the Prophet (saw) taught A’aisha (ra) this du’a with afuww, as the believer strives hard in the last 10 nights of Ramadaan, because after this striving, we must acknowledge and realise we are nothing, useless and our Ibaadah is deficient so the righteous slave who strives hard returns to seeking the afuww of Allah just as the sinful slave also returns to the afuww of Allah!

Some of the people of the past would say in their du’a, oh Allah be pleased with us and if you are not pleased with us then overlook our errors and flaws!

What does the Name of Allah al Aalim and Al Aleem Mean?

The One whose knowledge encompasses everything, the outward and hidden matters, the open and secret, the past, present and future. And nothing is hidden from His knowledge.

What is The Greatest Name Of Allah?

That by which if He is called with, He Answers

Allah, as mentioned by Abu Hanifa (rh).

Al Hayy, Al Qayyum according to some and some say it’s any of the Names of Allah.

Internalising and Acting Upon The Names and Attributes of Allah

As a scholar of the past mentioned, we should internalise all the Names and Attributes of Allah and make them part of our character and call upon Him using them.

For example, al Ghafoor. So we seek His Forgiveness but we also make sure we are forgiving to others.

This should be done with as many of the Names and Attributes of Allah as possible.

Al Hayy and Al Qayoom

They say al Hayy  and al Qayoom are the greatest Names of Allah because al Hayy includes every Name from Allah’s dhaat, His Essence.
Al Qayoom contains all His Actions. So all Names associated with that come under al Qayoom.
Therefore every Name returns to these two so it’s said these are the best.

Allah Knows Best.